UEL is rooted in east London, with three campuses across Stratford and the Docklands, each serving thousands of students. Our purpose is to address health and economic inequalities wherever they are found and, together with our UEL Global Family, we deliver a wide range of education, innovation, and enterprise provision, creating a flourishing, diverse community worldwide. Over the last 125 years, UEL’s community has expanded. A growing number of students are able to access our pioneering, skills-based education, and we help to develop diverse talent from all around the world.
UEL’s reach is now felt both nationally and internationally. Our thriving academic partnerships include those in Greece, India, Egypt and the US, and our student body spans over 160 nationalities across five continents. This diversity is one of UEL’s great strengths. Inclusion is not just an ambition, but a tangible reality on our campuses. Vision 2028 reflects the University’s commitment to unlock the unique power of our communities, to increase the diversity of the talent pipeline in a changing world. We are preparing our students for the jobs and opportunities of the future and driving forward that future inclusively and sustainably.
UEL transforms lives by identifying talent wherever it lies. We support high-potential students who may not otherwise have considered university to access higher education. We grow this talent through our flagship Mental Wealth and Professional Fitness curriculum, embedding social, emotional, physical, and cultural intelligence development, together with digital proficiency, into everything we do. This curriculum is built into every course, at every level, to facilitate our graduates flourishing and thriving in a 5.0 economy. As we strive towards becoming the country’s leading careers-intensive university, we are focused on equipping our students with the knowledge and skills necessary to move seamlessly from their studies to the continuously shifting world of work.
We are supporting the growth of a diverse talent pipeline by bringing together education, industry and talent in a new education and skills social value partnership. We are challenging employers to move away from old-fashioned proxies for talent and supporting them instead to access, grow and keep the best talent, wherever it is found. UEL’s distinctive approach to research has an emphasis on real-world benefits that impact both local and global communities. This has seen UEL’s research profile steadily grow. We pride ourselves on driving innovation in areas which tackle global challenges, including urban sustainability in cities and communities, reducing health and economic inequalities, driving social inclusion, and harnessing the power of new technologies.
Our strategic institutional research priorities of sustainability and green tech, wellbeing and health tech, and cyber and social justice all align with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, reminding us of our wider global responsibilities. Our partnership with Siemens to become net zero as an institution by 2030 serves as a global urban model for higher education and is a great example of how our research combines with our other institutional activity to have long-term impact. As such, our research, as seen in REF 2021 (Research Excellence Framework), demonstrated real-world impact and benefits in areas such as health, social policy, and sustainability; 55% of the University’s overall institutional submission was rated 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'.
For 125 years, UEL has demonstrated its resilience as an institution. The University has supported both our student body and wider community to overcome many challenges. Most recently, as the Covid-19 pandemic overtook the world, UEL once again showed its power as an anchor institution within east London, supporting our students, community, and NHS to overcome huge challenges. As these immediate challenges begin to pass, we look to the future to ensure we continue to make a positive difference to the communities we serve. We do so by identifying local challenges and opportunities, recognising the strengths that exist within east London’s diverse population, and mobilising the global power of our staff and students to find solutions. .
Over the last five years, UEL has transformed as an institution. As we approach its mid-way point, Vision 2028 provides both the principles underpinning our success and our roadmap to continue to progress, evolve, adapt, and change. UEL has continually reshaped itself to meet the ever-changing demands of our modern world and to be true to our mission to ensure our diverse students have the skills and opportunities to thrive. We are proud to provide a talent pipeline of diverse graduates, ready to succeed in a 5.0 economy, and to work in partnership with global industry to help them to harness this talent through our pioneering Diversity of Thought programme.
UEL’s reputation continues to grow. The success of our approach and transformation over the past 5 years is evident: most recently we have been shortlisted for the Times Higher Education (THE) University of the Year Award 2023. We are the 3rd highest climber in the Guardian University Guide; we placed 13th for overall positivity compared to all UK institutions in THE's analysis of National Student Survey; and we achieved a Silver rating in TEF 2023, with our learning environment and academic support evaluated as very high quality, and our approaches to supporting student success evaluated as outstanding quality.
Over the past few years, we have won numerous awards for our innovative, sector-leading approach to teaching our students, our work with industry partners, and the impact of our research. We are proud to have been recognised for our work at local, global, and international levels. The world doesn’t stand still, and neither will UEL. This report seeks to do more than to share the highlights of UEL. It aims to set out how UEL improves the lives locally, nationally, and globally of future generations.
Throughout 2023, as we celebrate our milestone anniversary, we look forward with vision and purpose to the next 125 years.
- Professor Amanda J. Broderick BA (Hons) PhD DipM DipMRS PGCTL FRSA MBGS FCIM PFHEA Vice-Chancellor & President